Assistant County Attorney

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Consultant Entry Level Government Legal Professional Services

Job Description


SALARY: $30.45 Hourly, $63,336.00 Annually

Graduation from an accredited law  school  with a Juris Doctor degree and  membership in The Florida Bar. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. A cover letter and a writing sample must be submitted at time of application.

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible, professional  legal  work in assisting the County Attorney with multiple legal issues, providing legal analysis and advice to the Board of County Commissioners, the County's administrative staff and various County-related agencies and boards and committees.  The Assistant County Attorney takes all legal action necessary to achieve County goals and protect County interests; involves specialization in certain legal fields and assignments include matters of substantial importance. 

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or  emergency, employees in this classification are required to work.
 An employee assigned to this classification is required to litigate for areas of assignment.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.


Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
 Independently prepares pleadings, discovery documents, motions, briefs and other legal documents in matters involving litigation of a complex and difficult nature and of substantial importance, obtains and evaluates expert testimony and participates in settlement negotiations, serving as trial counsel for the County when  needed.
 Drafts or files a variety of documents, which may include: contracts, deeds, resolutions, policy recommendations, legal correspondence, motions, memoranda of law, briefs, pleadings, legal opinions or other legal documents.

Conducts legal research regarding complex problems or projects; prepares reports and memoranda, drafts opinions containing proposed or recommended courses of action or solutions.
Interprets and applies legal principles and precedents in resolving complex legal issues.
Reviews documents and renders opinions as to their legal validity and/or acceptability.

Advises and assists County officers with legal matters.

Represents departments, officials, boards and commissions in matters that require the professional services of an experienced attorney.
Prepares resolutions, ordinances and other proposed legislation of a unique or complex nature.
Attends meetings of the county commission, boards, agencies and other County Attorney's Office clients; may require attendance at meetings outside of normal working hours.
Demonstrates leadership and evaluates, develops and motivates employees.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Considerable knowledge of judicial procedures and the methods and practices of legal research.

Knowledge of statutory and constitutional laws of the State of Florida, especially as these apply to Alachua County government.

Ability to draft legal documents and proposed legislation.

Ability to organize a variety of projects effectively.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and the preparation of written reports and memoranda.
Ability to organize and present cases for trial.
Ability to conduct trials, hearing and proceedings.
Ability to litigate for areas of assignment.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, other public officials, county staff and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and use hands to finger, handle or feel.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



Education Requirements



$30.45 Hourly $63,336.00 Annually